Every year number of people who start smoking increases. Even though we all know how many bad consequences smoking causes on our health, many of us still make this unhealthy choice. Every smoker understands how dangerous it is, but they make their personal choice. Obviously, banning smoking on the government level is not the best way to fight such a tendency. It must be everyone’s individual choice. However, the damage from smoking affects not only smokers, but also people around them. Every time somebody lights up a cigarette, everyone around can smell this smoke, breath it, and so get damaged by it. This is the key reason why smoking should be banned in all public areas.
Smokers always show children a bad example of behavior. Children always imitate our behavior, and they cannot understand what is right, and what is wrong. They just do what we do, so when they see how we smoke in public places, they accept smoking as something natural. Teenagers often start smoking to look grown-up, many of them don’t need our lections about how dangerous smoking is; they just think that smoking is cool. Every time when they see somebody smoking on the street, this fact serves as evidence that smoking is cool indeed. Most teenagers consider smoking as a thing that determines their maturity.
Banning smoking in all public areas, we promote a healthy lifestyle. It is a message from the government, and it shows that the government really cares about the health of the citizens. It’s a good way to remind people how important their health is. Smoking ban prevents children from this bad habit, promoting healthy lifestyle, though limiting freedom of smokers.
Such a simple approach will not only safe lives of smokers, but also protect people around them. Talking about the influence of smoking on teenagers and children, we must mention such a thing as second hand smoke. This kind of smoke causes a number of various diseases, such as lung cancer, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS), different heart diseases, and so on. According to researches of the Center for Disease Control, secondhand smoke is not less dangerous than regular smoking, since it contains more than 250 toxic chemicals, fifty of which are considered causing cancer (CDC, 2009). According to latest data, second hand smoke has an impact on smokers and on non-smokers as well. The Californian Environmental Protection Agency states that, every year, more than 3,400 people die from lung cancer. This statistic considered deaths caused by such a kind of passive smoking. From 22,700 to 69,600 non-smokers die from heart diseases caused by second hand smoke (CDC, 2009). These facts illustrate how smokers affect lives of non-smokers, so we can say that this bad habit violates rights of non-smokers. We don’t need to smoke to suffer from various diseases caused by smoking. It’s enough to just walk in public places and breathe the same air with smokers, who fill the air with toxic chemicals. Deaths of non-smokers are often a result of somebody else’s bad habits, and this fact is really horrible.
By banning smoking in all public areas, we force smokers to quit, or at least, to smoke less. On the one hand, it directly violates smokers’ freedom, on the other hand their habits violate non-smokers’ health, so such means seem to be the right solution for such a problem. Smokers will be allowed to smoke only at home, so non-smokers will be protected in public places, such as parks, restaurants, offices, and movie theaters. Given that smokers won’t be able to smoke in public places no more, they will smoke less. They will need to get home first, to light up a cigarette, so we will decrease the damage of smoking to their health. Many smokers try to quit smoking, but it’s a hard addiction. Implementing such laws, we also help these people quit smoking, reducing the amount of consumed nicotine. Knowing that this habit is no longer legal, smokers won’t be able to get cigarettes in public places, since no one will give them a cigarette. In 2008, The Daily Mail published an article with statistical data. According to this article, smoking ban in England forced 400,000 people to quit this bad habit, in just a few months. Reducing the amount of cigarettes, we help smokers quit this dangerous addiction, at the same time protecting non-smokers from its bad consequences.
Another important advantage of such a ban is promotion of healthy lifestyle. We won’t encourage non-smokers to start smoking anymore. If children know that smoking is illegal, and if they don’t see smokers in public places, they won’t consider this habit something normal, and so they won’t associate smoking with maturity. According to Wiltshire Times, ten percent of smokers quit smoking, and more than half of smokers in south west regions claimed that they are going to stop. More people choose to not smoke, so this habit no more spreads across the country. Implementing such a regulation, the government officially condemns smoking as a bad habit. Usually smoking is always related to the influence of peers. If people are no longer allowed to smoke in public places, such a bad example will no longer be a promotion of a deadly habit.
Of course, smoking ban violates smokers’ rights. It is a fact. Another fact is that smokers constantly violate non-smokers’ rights to live healthy lives, and to breathe fresh air. Smoke travels through the air, going right into lungs of non-smokers, and causing many dangerous diseases. According to statistics, second hand smoke causes a significant damage, so we must think about people who suffer of it. Should we allow smokers to damage health of non-smokers, protecting their right to light up a cigarette everywhere they want? Definitely not. Given that smoking is nothing but everyone’s choice, we must protect everyone’s choice to live healthy, and to not breathe somebody else’s cigarette smoke. Everybody has a right to be healthy and to not die from somebody else’s bad habits.
Another important issue related to smoking is that smokers often throw their cigarettes everywhere. Cigarette buds cause damage to the environment, since they contain various synthetic substances. It takes a lot of time to decompose such substances. McLaren states that most buds are made of synthetic polymer cellulose, which cannot be degraded, and which breaks apart during no less than twelve years. Cigarette buds cause land pollution. Many cigarette buds find their final destination in rivers, where fish and other creatures eat them. According to McLaren, when these buds contact with water, they release a number of toxins, such as arsenic, cadmium, and lead. These substances pollute seas and poison sea creatures. If we ban smoking in all public places, we will no longer allow smokers to throw their buds everywhere they are, and so we will save our environment.
If we won’t implement smoking ban, we will push sad statistics of deaths to grow. Heart and lung diseases will kill non-smokers, and more people will die of lung cancer every year. Smoking ban is an important step towards healthy lifestyle; it’s a necessary mean of protection for non-smokers, and a great way to motivate smokers to quit this deadly habit. We will provide children with examples of healthy lifestyle, giving them understanding of why smoking is bad, and protecting them from bad examples in public areas. At the same time, we will motivate non-smokers to not start smoking, as well as support smokers who want to quit. Given that quitting is a really difficult task for most smokers, we will create necessary environment for them, showing them that they are not alone. Banning smoking in public places, we also protect the environment, decreasing the amount of buds, and so cleaning our lands and water.
Smoking ban is a great solution to increase our quality of life and to guarantee the healthy future for our children.